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newsclips -- CARB Newsclips for April 28, 2017.

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 13:04:19
CARB Newsclips for April 28, 2017. 
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Staff from the California Department of Transportation, the
California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission,
and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
invite you to participate in workshops to discuss implementation
of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan).

The workshops will be held at the locations and on the dates
noted below.  The agencies will follow the same format and show
the same presentation at each of the workshop locations.    

OAKLAND:          May 9, 2017 

LOS ANGELES:  May 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO:        May 31, 2017 

For more information on the California Sustainable Freight Action
Plan including upcoming workshops, please visit the webpage at

David Cocker, PhD
University of California, Riverside. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., PDT (WEBCAST) Sierra Hearing
Room, 2nd Floor, CalEPA Building
1001 I Street, Sacramento, California

Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are a
set of VOCs currently exempted for VOC content based on a
combination of boiling point, vapor pressure, and/or elution time
from a GC-column. This work explores evaporation rates and
secondary pollutant formation from a series of individual
LVP-VOCs associated with consumer products, select generic
consumer products that include these LVP-VOCs, and several
hydrocarbon solvents. For more go to the announcement at:

May 8, 2017: Public Workshop to discuss ARB's Carbon Capture and
Sequestration (CCS) Program.

At this workshop, ARB staff will present an overview of
activities taken by the CCS program in 2016, and an initial
concept of a Quantification Methodology (QM) and Permanence
Protocol for CCS.

Air Resources Board staff have posted a white paper on the health
benefits of physical activity and air pollution exposure while
walking and bicycling for transportation.  
Download the White Paper:

For more information, including the White Paper and other
resources, visit our Built Environment webpage:

A fact sheet summarizing this document can be found here:


California Assembly weighing integrating air pollution
performance into GHG cap-and-trade. The California Assembly is
considering a bill (AB-378) that would integrate air quality
performance into the state’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) cap-and- trade
program. Assembly Bill 378 was proposed by by Assemblywoman
Cristina Garcia, who heads the Assembly’s Committee on Natural
Resources. CNR passed the proposal on Monday.

$10-per-ton carbon price could save $2.9B — study. Carbon fees in
Massachusetts could save 340 lives and $2.9 billion by 2040, a
new study found. The study, funded by the Merck Family Fund,
looked at a $10-per-ton price on carbon that would eventually
increase to $40 per ton and found that such a tax could prevent
20 heart attacks…


Court halts case on Clean Power Plan, paves way for dismantling
of carbon emissions rule. In a major victory for the White House,
the D.C. Court of Appeals on Friday suspended a case on the
Obama-era Clean Power Plan, paving the way for the administration
to dismantle the rule without interference from the courts.

Ozone levels drop, but air pollution still severely impacts local
region, report says. The Los Angeles region achieved its lowest
levels ever for unhealthy ozone days and for year-round particle
pollution but still remains among the most polluted areas in the
country, according to the newly released State of the Air 2017
report from the American Lung Association. The Los Angeles
region, which includes San Bernardino and Riverside counties,
topped the national list…

Air pollution plan cannot be delayed, high court tells
government. Court rules that immediate publication is essential
and rejects Defra’s plea to delay until after the general
election. The government has been ordered to publish tough new
plans to tackle air pollution after the high court rejected
attempts by ministers to keep the policy under wraps until after
the general election.

European Union enforces new air pollution limits. The European
Union (EU) has today (29 April) approved new air pollution
limits, which could save more than 20,000 lives each year by
reducing pollution derived from coal-fired power plants. The UK
was amongst Member States that backed stricter limits on toxic
pollutants from large combustion plants…

Air Pollution Can Cut Solar Panel Efficiency By Up To 25%. A new
study has disturbing news for India’s solar power industry. It
claims that dust and particulate matter (often a by-product of
diesel engines) can reduce solar panel efficiency by 17% to 25%.
Half this reduction comes from dust and particles deposited on
the surface of solar panels which form a physical barrier to the
passage of sunlight.

Oil and gas methane emissions higher than previously thought,
reports say. Canada chose to delay new methane regulations for
three years last week, but a pair of new studies show emissions
of the potent greenhouse gas are worse than previously thought.
Two new reports from environmental groups say methane emissions
in Canada’s oil and gas sector…

Most Corporate Asset Owners Are Taking Action to Limit Carbon
Emissions. Corporate assets owners, generally, are recognizing
the significance of and are taking action to mitigate climate
change. That is what the annual benchmark report published by
Asset Owners Disclosure Project is revealing, which says that 60%
of those asset owners with funds worth more than $27 trillion are
being proactive.


California says oceans could rise higher than thought. New
climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may
rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than
previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection
Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much
water off California will rise as the climate warms.

Climate Change Could Sink Coastal Property Values, Flood Inland
Cities With Refugees. Humans are programmed by genetics to react
quickly to immediate threats. That’s the “fight or flight”
syndrome known to every high school biology student. But the
other side of the coin is that humans are also programmed by
genetics to be virtually incapable of recognizing and responding
to long term threats — like climate change.
Rising Ocean Levels Threaten Coastal Properties.

Jerry Brown Explains How Trump Could Actually Be Good For Climate
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made the case Thursday that
President Donald Trump’s anti-environment rhetoric could actually
be a blessing for climate advocacy. The president’s indifference
to the existence of man-made global warming may inspire other
people to step up and support sustainable actions, Brown said.

VW to spend billions through 2022 to beef up engines portfolio:
CEO. Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said it plans to invest billions of
euros through 2022 to beef up its portfolio of combustion and
electric drives as it braces for a further tightening of
emissions rules in key markets. Europe's biggest carmaker last
year announced a multi-billion-euro shift to embrace electric


Price helps wind, solar build Midwest support. It's hardly
surprising that a conference titled "Advancing Renewables in the
Midwest" would feature a roster of advocates evangelizing about
the benefits and bright future for wind and solar energy. But it
wasn't just clean energy developers and boosters delivering the
message at the two-day gathering on the University of Missouri
campus this week.


Despite critics’ bullets, train keeps on rolling. For all the
strenuous efforts to keep California’s bullet train from leaving
the station, the megaproject has acquired a certain
locomotive-like momentum. With billions spent, more borrowed and
bridges built, a high-speed rail line connecting San Francisco to
Los Angeles looks more than ever like a question of when rather
than if. That is nevertheless a big question.

Volkswagen’s huge diesel settlement falls short. Make no mistake:
Volkswagen broke air laws. It actively cheated emissions tests
and lied about “clean diesel” cars that were anything but clean.
Now, VW can make up for that wrong by making sure its plan to
address the damage it did helps those whose lungs were most
affected. The current version of VW’s $800 million California

LETTER: Resist self-serving climate-change theories. Financial
asset managers and institutions are continually trying to develop
theories that will provide insight in order to beat the “market.”
The proliferation of computing makes it possible to sort through
and test millions of scenarios and trading strategies. The
problem is that this can lead to erroneous conclusions.

Automakers are trying to get their hands on VW’s EV charging
money from its Dieselgate settlement. We reported on the main
details of the plan for California, which includes installing
ultra-fast 320 kW chargers, and the plan for the whole country,
which includes a ‘nationwide 150 kW+ fast charging network’.Now
other automakers are contesting the plans and want to have a say
in how VW should spend that money. Some ideas are OK, though the
contestation could result in slowing the rollout of the EV
infrastructure, while other demands are plain

Synthetic gas would cut air pollution but worsen climate damage
in China. Severe air pollution has plagued China's industrial
regions in recent decades, a situation that has received
worldwide attention thanks to photos of Beijing and other
smog-blanketed Chinese cities.  More than just an eyesore,
China's smog has created a public health crisis that has led the
Chinese government to declare a war on air pollution.

This Solves Nothing. President Trump is issuing an Executive
Order to promote oil and gas drilling off America’s beaches and
coasts.  This shapes up as a major belly flop.  Or man overboard.
 Pick your metaphor. Trump is trying to undo permanent
protections for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans put in place last
December.  That should fare about as well in court as his
immigration order. 

Automakers are trying to get their hands on VW’s EV charging
money from its Dieselgate settlement. Volkswagen recently
submitted both its plans to invest $2 billion in electric vehicle
infrastructure in the US as part of its court settlements with
the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the DieselGate scandal.

Jerry Brown Explains How Trump Could Actually Be Good For Climate
Progress. He said the president’s scorn is galvanizing people to
fight global warming. 
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made the case Thursday that
President Donald Trump’s anti-environment rhetoric could actually
be a blessing for climate advocacy. The president’s indifference
to the existence of man-made global warming…

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